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How do I force a form to remain ontop of all other forms running on the windows desktop , even if it does not have focus ?
for example say i was using a form to provide a toolbar for another form and wanted it to alway stay on top of that form.
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peterwest earned 50 total points
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Hi there,

I've always used the code below - it was taken from the VB Knowledge Base.   Put the following code in a module.

      Option Explicit
      Public Const SWP_NOMOVE = 2
      Public Const SWP_NOSIZE = 1
      Public Const FLAGS = SWP_NOMOVE Or SWP_NOSIZE
      Public Const HWND_TOPMOST = -1
      Public Const HWND_NOTOPMOST = -2


      Declare Function SetWindowPos Lib "user32" Alias "SetWindowPos" (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal hWndInsertAfter As Long, ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long, ByVal cx As Long, ByVal cy As Long, ByVal wFlags As Long  ) As Long

      Public Function SetTopMostWindow(hwnd As Long, Topmost As Boolean) As Long

         If Topmost = True Then 'Make the window topmost
            SetTopMostWindow = SetWindowPos(hwnd, HWND_TOPMOST, 0, 0, 0, 0, FLAGS)
         Else
            SetTopMostWindow = SetWindowPos(hwnd, HWND_NOTOPMOST, 0, 0, 0, 0,FLAGS)
            SetTopMostWindow = False
         End If
      End Function


To use this function just put the following in the Form_Load event of the form you want on top:

        Dim lRetVal as Long
        lRetVal = SetTopMostWindow(Me.Hwnd,True)

And then - in the Form_Unload event put:

        Dim lRetVal as Long
        lRetVal = SetTopMostWindow(Me.Hwnd,False)

This just stops it from being the topmost window.

Hope it helps,

Pete

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by:spg01
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just the job ! chears
steve.
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